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Managing Climate

We think the real threat to our state are the humans who manage our water resources.

Jul 03, 2017

It seems to us that climate change is a nice convenient answer to all the problems California water bureaucrats encounter.  Instead of building a system that can deal with current and future projected problems, state officials always say it's the climate change problem.  Is California frozen with fear because of climate change possibilities?  

We would remind you that climate change happens over centuries, not over weeks or months or even years.  While bureaucrats worry that climate change will destroy future snowpacks, we have a record snowpack to deal with.  Instead of dealing with it, we worry about future climate change.

Today's climate change prophesy (How climate change could threaten the water supply for millions of Californians) tells us that "eventually as much as 475,000 acre-feet of water each year" will be needed to push against the salt water intrusion into the Delta from the San Francisco Bay.  The state's climatologist says "“with rising sea levels, with climate change, that creates additional pressure coming in from the ocean.”  The Sacramento Bee article goes on to say "if more of California’s precipitation falls as rain instead of snow, much of that water will flow to the ocean in winter and spring, while it’s still raining. That will leave less water available in summer to satisfy human needs and to offset salinity in the Delta."  When will all this happen?

In Contra Costa County, their senior water resources specialists told the Bee "her agency doesn’t consider sea-level rise “an imminent threat to Delta water quality.”  Oh.  So, we know 'eventually' there will be a problem, but it's not an 'imminent threat'.  

We think the real threat to our state are the humans who manage our water resources and the PC crowd who they listen to.  This year we've seen more than 45-million acre feet of water flow to the sea.  This has nothing to do with climate change.  It has to do with human decisions about how to manage water.  Until we solve this problem, it won't matter what the climate does.  

 

How climate change could threaten the water supply for millions of Californians

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